Open Angel Arena 2nd Tournament Fundraiser

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Open Angel Arena 2nd Tournament Fundraiser

David Warford, Staff Wrighter

Open Angel Arena(OAA) is a indepent mod for the game DOTA2 made by a youtuber known as Baumi. OAA is based on the warcraft 3 custom game Angel Arena. OAA aims to be the most balanced and most well made iteration of angel arena, and has been supported by the community ever since it’s release in mid 2017.

OAA has had 2 major tournaments, the second one raised a $10,000 dollar prize pool and attracted some serious talent to the scene, and now we have either an upcoming tournament with a $10,000 prize pool, or 2 tournaments with a $5,000 prize pool. However the fundraiser made more than $10,000. The tournament reached $20,000 and secured all of the donation goals. However this was a bit unexpected, why? Because $13,000 dollars of this were given by 1 person in a donation a few days after the fundraiser stream.

The reason is quite entertaining actually. About a month before the fundraiser someone in the OAA development discord who was an active user tagged baumi asking for his opinion on a concept of a skin for a character in the game called Sohei. The picture was a low quality image, clearly drawn in MS paint, and depicted Sohei with the pepsi logo on his shirt. After this the idea of “Pepsi Sohei” was engraved into the minds of the community. So Baumi jokingly gave a promise, if the next fundraiser hit $20,000 they would make a Pepsi Sohei skin.

When the twitch user known as DoctorDisrespectingTemo donated $13,000 his donation message asked whether or not it was too late to get Pepsi Sohei. It was an emotional moment on stream for Baumi, as he told his wife that they just received a $13,000 donation, and that it was all for a inside joke of the community.

As of this donation, OAA has become the most funded DOTA2 mod ever, even surpassing the DOTA2 Frostivus competition, which had a $30,000 dollar prize pool, in total OAA has raised over $30,000. DOTA 2 custom games may be fighting an uphill battle to stay popular, but they are certainly fighting a good fight.

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